Summer McIntosh wins women’s 200 metre freestyle bronze at World Championships

Summer McIntosh (Jack Spitser, Wikimedia Commons)

Summer McIntosh of Toronto, Ontario won her fifth career medal on Wednesday at the 2023 World Aquatics Championships. The 16-year-old won the bronze medal in the women’s 200 metre freestyle in Fukuoka, Japan.

McIntosh had a Canadian National record time of 1:53.65, and in the process broke her own World Junior Record. McIntosh’s previous best time was 1:53.91, which was set at the Canadian Swimming Trials in Toronto on April 2. McIntosh qualified for setting a world junior record because she was 18 years of age or younger.

McIntosh reached the podium in Japan by 0.31 seconds. Siobhan Haughey of Hong Kong finished in fourth place with a time of 1:53.96. Mollie O’Callaghan of Australia won the gold medal in a world record time of 1:52.85. Ariarne Titmus of Australia,  who set the world record in the women’s 200 metre freestyle on Sunday, won the silver medal on Wednesday with a time of 1:53.01.

At the 2022 World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, McIntosh won four medals. Of the four medals, she won two gold medals, one silver medal, and one bronze medal. McIntosh’s two gold medals came in the women’s 200 metre butterfly and women’s 400 metre individual medley. Her silver medal came in the women’s 400 metre freestyle, and her bronze medal came in the women’s 4×200 metre freestyle. The bronze medal for McIntosh in Fukuoka on Wednesday will give her confidence as she prepares for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

Team Canada won two more medals at the 2023 World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka on Wednesday. Molly Carlson of Fort Frances, Ontario and Jessica Macaulay of Montreal, Quebec won silver and bronze medals respectively in the women’s high diving event. In all, Canada has now won six medals at the 2023 World Aquatics Championships–two silver medals and four bronze medals.


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